Nikolaus Hohmann was raised in both Europe and California, and so discovered the joys of exploring and mediating different cultures at an early age. He received a B.A. in Humanities from Stanford in 1978 and worked a few years in business (as auditor for Price Waterhouse in Los Angeles) before entering a doctoral program in history at UC Berkeley. A Fulbright scholar and Phi Beta Kappa, he received his PhD in History from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993 and has since served the Humanities department of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he teaches a broad array of history and philosophy classes, including lectures on Ancient Greece and Rome. In 2005, Dr. Hohmann received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Sarlo Foundation.